South Carolina/Georgia
Charleston to St. Augustine: A Southern Coastal Journey
From the plantations of Charleston to the mansions of Beaufort, from the cuisine of Savannah to the glamorous history of Jekyll Island, come learn the story of these southern cities.
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Program No. 20644RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Explore the historic jewels of Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort and Jekyll Island on a foray into history, culture and low country cuisine. Traverse 300-year-old Charleston from the French Quarter to Fort Sumter, and experience plantation life at the Middleton and Magnolia plantations. Enjoy Southern charm, city squares and local cuisine in Savannah, and encounter the likes of Morgan, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt during a stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Finally, discover the historic homes of Beaufort and, depending on the date, venture to St. Augustine to learn the story of America’s oldest city.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile on some uneven terrain with cobblestones and sandy paths. In Charleston, walking up to 3 city blocks.
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In Charleston, visit the Edmondston-Alston and Nathaniel Russell homes and learn about Gullah culture.
  • Spend the day in Beaufort, S.C., a seaside village whose antebellum homes appear in numerous films.
  • On select dates, continue your adventure in St. Augustine — explore a Spanish fort, dine in famous and historic restaurants and experience the city’s vibrant culture.
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Tom Murray
Tom Murray is a graduate of San Jose State University but is a Southerner by choice, having spent more than 45 years in the South absorbing the culture, customs and history of the region. Tom specializes in coastal history with an emphasis on the sea islands of Georgia. Few people know and love beautiful Cumberland and Amelia islands better than Tom. He has spent 25 years lecturing and leading Road Scholar groups to sites from the mountains to the sea.
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